September 25, 2011

LGBT News: San Francisco's 28th Annual Folsom Street Fair Benefiting 16 Local Charities Held Today!



Today is a high holiday in San Francisco, as the 28th annual Folsom Street Fair is today, which is dedicated to celebrating the leather community, and raising much needed funds for local charities. Thousands of fair-goers don their favorite fetish gear, or not, and gather en masse on Folsom Street - in the South of Market neighborhood, to celebrate the strength and diversity of our community, and to raise money for charity. The Executive Director of Folsom Street Events, Demetri Moshoyannis, said:

“The economy is devastating our nonprofit sector. Many local agencies are suffering from the severe cutbacks in local, state, and federal government funding; and, Folsom Street Events helps to fill many of these funding gaps.”

Jacob Richards, Folsom Street Events Board President, added,

“We are incredibly proud to announce this year’s line-up of Major and Supporting beneficiaries. These organizations are supporting our community with emergency financial assistance, employment services, basic needs fulfillment, critical healthcare, public safety support, and more. We are very happy with the results of our grant review.”

This year’s eleven major beneficiaries include AIDS Emergency Fund, AIDS Legal Referral Panel, Central City Hospitality House, Dimensions Clinic/HIFY, Frameline, Mission Neighborhood Health Center, Pets Are Wonderful Support, Positive Resource Center, Project Open Hand, San Francisco Gay Men’s Chorus, and Stop AIDS Project. This year’s five Supporting beneficiaries include Castro Country Club/Baker Places, National AIDS Memorial Grove, St. James Infirmary, Transgender Law Center, and Triangle Martial Arts Association.

Over the last two years, Folsom Street Events distributed in excess of $600K, to local charities. That is amazing - and I applaud Folsom Street Events, the non-profit agency that produces the annual fetish events, as the all-volunteer organization expends a tremendous amount of work in order to give back to the community.

As Tony “Ant-knee” LeTigre wrote in the Bay Area Reporter:

“More than 400,000 people from around the world attend the Folsom Street Fair each year, making it the largest leather/fetish event in the world and the third largest outdoor one-day event in California.

Only San Francisco's Pride celebration and the Rose Parade in Pasadena top it in number of participants, but you can't be flogged in public for charity at the Rose Parade.”

Don’t think for a moment that this celebration is confined to the LGBT community, as you will see straight friends, family members, LGBT allies, and tourists strolling around the fair. With a Mayoral election around the corner, I’m sure the candidates will be milling among the crowds too. And a GREAT time will be had by all! See you at the Fair!

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